If Maine Governor Paul LePage is speaking, that most likely means he’s saying something offensive and/or racist.
This is no exception.
Governor LePage spoke at the Maine GOP convention over the weekend where he said he was declaring “war” on the state legislature’s attempt to increase the state’s minimum wage. He also went on a rant about people from Bulgaria(??) and India who don’t deserve a pay raise because they can’t speak English.
“Already our restaurants in the summer, if you go on the coast, it’s hard to hear what they’re saying. You ever try to say ‘what’s the special today?’ to somebody from Bulgaria? And the worst ones, they’re from India. I mean they’re all lovely people, but it takes some – you’ve got to have an interpreter. Or how many of you have gone and tried to return something from Amazon on a telephone?” said LePage.
I’m skeptical that LePage has actually had difficulty ordering at a restaurant because his server either did not speak English or spoke with a foreign accent. It’s more plausible to me that LePage has encountered servers who had no idea what the fuck LePage was trying to say. He is not the most articulate person in any given room.
In any event, it’s not as if LePage would back off his “war” against higher minimum wage even if the restaurants he frequents were exclusively staffed by white locals who are fluent in his native tongue of Moron.
LePage could have simply announced his opposition to the proposal without including anecdotes about foreign waiters, but that wouldn’t be his style.